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Western Dubuque wrestled to a solid fifth-place finish in the Mississippi Valley Conference Tournament, at Waterloo West, Jan. 28, as Drew Burds led the way, winning the 170-pound championship for the Bobcats.

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Lance McShane scored 28 points as the Maquoketa Valley Wildcats defeated the Edgewood-Colesburg Vikings, 68-29, in Edgewood, Jan. 27.

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Haley Ronnebaum, Bianka Ronnebaum and Ella Mensen combined for 50 points and the Maquoketa Valley Wildcats used a big third quarter to defeat the Edgewood-Colesburg Vikings, 55-47, in Edgewood Jan. 27.

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Their second overtime decision in the last two weeks went the other way for the Blazers girls, as Beckman dropped a 48-47 heartbreaker to Monticello, Jan. 24, at home.

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Western Dubuque’s girls’ basketball team completed a season sweep of Hempstead with a 55-44 win, at Hempstead, Jan. 27.

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Western Dubuque’s girls’ bowling team settled for third in the Mississippi Valley Divisional Meet, held Jan. 27 at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center.

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Maquoketa Valley’s girls basketball team defeated the Clayton Ridge Eagles at home, 60-42, Jan. 23.

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Jan. 24 the Maquoketa Valley Wildcats traveled to Colesburg for a quadrangular dual meet against North Fayette Valley, Monticello and Central Elkader.

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Maquoketa Valley's boys' basketball team came into last week riding a hot streak, winning five of its last six games. Jan. 23, the Wildcats hosted the Clayton Ridge Eagles in a non-conference game and battled to a victory.

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Looking at the final score, 58-41, of the Blazers’ home court win Jan. 20 over Northeast, one would assume it was an easy victory, but it wasn’t.

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Western Dubuque’s wrestling team had another strong week on the mat, dominating West Waterloo in a Mississippi Valley Conference dual before finishing third in the Raider Invitational, at Williamsburg High School, Jan. 21.

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Western Dubuque’s girls’ wrestling team battled to a fourth-place finish in the Mississippi Valley Conference Tournament at Cedar Rapids Prairie, Jan. 21.

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Scoring just nine points in a whole game is not a recipe for winning. Camanche found that out Jan. 17 on their home floor when the Beckman girls’ completely dominated them for a 47-9 River Valley Conference victory.

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After having their dual canceled Jan. 19, the Maquoketa Valley Wildcats traveled to Midland to compete in the John Byer’s Invitational.

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Western Dubuque had won four in a row coming out of the mid-season break, but in the rugged Mississippi Valley Conference, things can change in a hurry.

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Building close to a 200-pin advantage in the regular round, the Western Dubuque girls knocked off Wahlert Catholic, Jan. 20, at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, 2,413 to 2,052.

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Western Dubuque’s boys’ bowling team flirted with another 3,000 series, settling for 2,845 in the Bobcats’ win Jan. 20 over Wahlert Catholic (2,421) at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque.

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Western Dubuque’s girls’ wrestling team competed in a pair of invitationals last week, placing fifth at Dubuque Senior and fourth at Mid-Prairie. The Bobcats had two individual title winners at each tournament and won a dual meet in between.

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If the Western Dubuque boys’ basketball team made a New Year’s resolution to go unbeaten in 2023, the Bobcats are off to a pretty good start.

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In a trip to Anamosa Jan. 10, the Beckman boys’ basketball team overpowered the winless Blue Raiders, 71-37, for the Blazers’ fifth win in the last six games.

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Beckman Catholic senior Nate Offerman signed a letter of intent Jan. 3, to play golf at Kirkwood Community College next year. Front from left, Jim, Nate and Penny Offerman; back row, Kirkwood coach Darren Pint.

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A meet at Cobra Lanes Jan. 13 saw the Western Dubuque boys’ bowling team ease to a 3,230 to 2,685 win over Dubuque Senior.

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In a meet at Cobra Lanes with Dubuque Senior, Jan. 13, the Western Dubuque girls’ bowling team dropped a 63-pin decision in the baker round and lost, 2,524 to 2,593.

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Western Dubuque’s girls’ basketball team hit the road for a pair of Mississippi Valley Conference games last week, falling to Iowa City, City High and Cedar Rapids Jefferson.

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Coming into the game Jan. 10 against North Cedar, two of the top scorers on Maquoketa Valley’s girls’ basketball roster were Grace Richter and Bianka Ronnebaum. Richter is averaging almost 10 points per game as a freshman and shooting 57% from the field. Both have been huge for the Wildcats’…